The mayor's office today announced it's hired away an outreach worker from the Pine Street Inn to help the homeless people who have found the remodeled Copley Square main library as attractive as other users.
BPL is also hiring a full-time reference librarian specializing in health and human-services issues to help homeless people in the library, Mayor Walsh's office said.
Although new outreach worker Mike Bunch started work this week in Copley Square, the city says he "will assist patrons at library locations throughout the City in most demand." Until this week, the most visible library outreach to homeless people in Copley Square consisted of security guards roaming the library and waking up anybody they found asleep at a desk or table.
In a statement, BPL President David Leonard said:
The BPL is committed to providing all patrons, regardless of status, with the critical assistance they need, and the hire of the outreach manager is a significant "first" for the BPL and will connect library users with the right resources to help them move forward.